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RPG Superstar 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 18,750 posts (19,424 including aliases). 10 reviews. 4 lists. No wishlists. 20 Pathfinder Society characters. 3 aliases.


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One thing you don't seem to be taking into consideration is the difference between income and wealth. Consumables and paying for resurrections are part of the game: one death can cost you 8k and set you back from monty haul to average.

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Silbeg wrote:
Phosphorus wrote:

Technically, you are correct. If you are to play the game by strict RAW, there has been no change in the squares you are allowed to hit with a Melee Attack.

However, I believe that the intent is clear that the FAQ should be read as "a creature with 10 feet of reach threatens [and can attack] the second diagonal".

Thank you. My issue here is that is not how the FAQ was defined. I am trying to determine RAW, and not second guess the developers. So, I can only go by what is written, explicitly.

So do people not fall prone when they die in your games?

This is not a raw system. It breaks down under raw. Its rai all the way.

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American accessable site

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I can finally stop spinning the table!

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The war on straw continues...

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Well rangers and slayers get feats from fixed list. No one but the fighter gets as broad a selection of bonus feats. If feats were good enough then the fighter's 11 bonus feats would be a real advantage.

The ranger does not get feats from a fixed list. They get feats from one of a dozen or so fixed lists, one of which is very likely what you were going to pick for your fighter anyway. Not only that, but they ignore a lot of pesky requirements like an obscene dex score or level requirements: if you want a sword and board fighter the sword and board ranger is your go to option because you get the shield master feat five levels earlier.

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Marroar Gellantara wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Sure you are looking at one sneak attack per round, but you are better than invisible and can actually be good at skills.

One sneak attack a round is not IMHO a level of damage I would describe as competent. Most other classes/builds are at least multiplicative in the amount of damage they do: they get more attacks and those attacks hit for more damage. Merely adding ~1.75 damage per level isn't keeping up, especially when that damage is very situational.

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WOOOT.

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Changes to Crane wing and corners with reach weapons

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Steve Gedes wrote:
Your final sentence is correct (if X is defined as the difference between the envelopes). But so is the sentence "Switch has a 50 % chance loss of Y/2 and a 50% chance to gain Y." (Where Y is the amount in the envelope you've chosen).

Y doesn't have a constant value, so you can't use it as if it does. Its a mathematical version of equivocation. The Y you have a 50% chance to gain and the Y you have a 50% chance to lose aren't the same

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This is a subject of table variaion. I tend to rule that the party stays together and can provide long term care for diseases, cast spells tommorow, etc.

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Uwotm8 wrote:
Having played a rogue, I enjoyed it immensely so it always has a place in my mind. I similarly do not understand the "don't play a rogue" advise. That said, I do let the class description affect how I play a character. I know I can take a full/RP style to another class but it's hella handy to see the words on the page and formulate ideas based on that with the options surrounding it.

Besides the name rogue, what did the class give you mechanically that you couldn't have had otherwise?

+More skill ranks per level just means you're better at your 7th and 8th choices for skills. They will not be as good as your 1st, 2nd and third choices. The rogue is no better at stealth than anyone else with maxed ranks in the skill.

You do not need the same person to sneak past the guards, unlock the door, talk to the princess, and then appraise her crown. Other characters can be good at skills to.

Stealth doesn't work against monsters, is almost impossible to do in a group setting, and getting on the same page as the dm so you can even make the role is a pain sometimes.

Magic does it better.

Full attack sneak attacks are good, but a rare celestial event to pull off. They stand out when they happen, but the rogue has no way of making them happen all that often.

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Steve Geddes wrote:

You don't know the amount. You have $x so the options are plus x or minus half x.

PS it's not really a paradox, of course, it's just presented as one. Many people struggle to explain it to themselves.

It looks like you're not setting your math up right if the numbers work out but your letters don't. What I'm "struggling" to explain is your math error, not the idea.

You effectively have X as a loss twice. It looks like between going from the word problem to the algebra you doubled the loss of X, framing what is either a gain of X or a gain of 2x as either a gain of x or a loss of X

Switch has a 50 % chance loss of X, and a 50% chance to gain X.

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The fighter is a generic chassis for mixing it up with weapons. And as long as there were (are?) specific ways of fighting that aren't covered by an existing class, archetype, prestige class, alternate base class, or advanced class then it has a use.

But as the area that isn't covered by one of those specialists gets smaller and smaller then yes, the generic fighter begins to loose its place. There's no point in using a multitool if the exact tool you need for the job is just as easy to grab.

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Envelope A 200

Envelope B 100

There is a 50% chance you will gain 100 dollars by switching
There is a 50% chance you will lose 100 dollars by switching

Not seeing a paradox here.

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"Why does that dapper young gentlemen keep slipping the word ruttabegga into conversation?

"Trust us, he's better looking that way.

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We should air drop ipads preloaded with this and team america world police into north korea.

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Krensky wrote:
You can't prove a sequence is random. You can only prove that it isn't random.

You can't even do that. Random patterns can and do mimic order on occasion.

Given the premise that one is picked and one is the product of a d6 its easy to see which is far, far more likely to be the right answer, to the point that i'd risk my life on it for a pizza.

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Steve Gedes wrote:
The challenge is to try and reconcile that fact, with the intuitive (and this time correct) answer to the following question:

Thats easy. Its the odds of sequential patterns vs not sequential patterns. "pattern-less gobbledygook" is more likely because its a MUCH larger catagory of answers than a recognizable pattern, even though the specific pattern itself is just as likely.

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The guide is kind of dense. Additional resources is a LOT of cross checking.

archives of nethys has a bit of a wonky search engine but is pretty good for double checking if something is legal or not. PFS legal items have a funny white X thats the glyph of the open road.

The Basics: Core rule book races +nagaji, wayang, tengu and kitsune.

20 point buy. Be sure to figure the point buy and THEN add the racials.

Most feats are allowed except for item crafting.
Most classes and archtypes are allowed: No synthesist summoners, vivisectionist alchemists, most gun using archtypes for non gunslingers, and be careful if the archtype can't read.

You get two traits at creation.

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ShadowcatX wrote:

I see 2 groups. Group 1 says "the victims shouldn't have to do anything, and saying they should do anything is victim blaming" where as group 2 is more concerned with keeping people alive than they are with deciding who is to blame when people get killed. Group 1 might be "right" but I can't help but think I side more with group 2.

The time to worry about your rights is when you're safe. Until things change significantly, when you're dealing with a cop, worry about not getting shot. (Especially if you're not caucasian.)

Damn strait. Someone ought to tell Rosa Parks to get in the back of the bus where its safe!

If someone doesn't stand up for their rights it will NEVER change significantly.

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electric wizard wrote:
Keep practicing. Resistance to new ideas is normal.

If I believed every idea presented with the sense, evidence, and respect for disagreement you've shown here I'd be a fox news viewer.

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Electric Wizard wrote:

What is a harvy dent? That the coin in not fair?

YES!!! So, you claim you understand the coin may be biased (I can see your AHEM,
as if you've been right all along. But you haven't.)

I have been, and still am. Your insane ramblings, insults, and unsupported pretenses at a superior intellect won't change that.

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This is called ignorance. Recognizing you have it is the first step.

Then, I tried to introduce you to the most trivial mechanics of decision making.

And you do it badly, because you think very poorly and very illogically. You think that any answer can go strait into the math when it can't: garbage in garbage out.

The odds of 6 heads in a row is only 1 in 64. You will see 10 less likely events every day of your life. You have probably seen enough coin tosses of 6 to have seen a group of 6 heads. If the coin/the tosser isn't fair then there is no mathematical way to predict the outcome- the actual odds would be based on the mechanism for cheating. A two headed coin would have a 100% chance of returning H, someone deliberately flipping the coin would depend on their skill level at doing so.

I do not know how to calculate the odds not because I'm a mouth breathing troglodyte but because the odds are completely impossible to know once you leave the assumption of an unbiased coin. Without knowing the mechanism for your bias your calculations are worthless.

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Electric Wizard wrote:
A really long post

AHEM.

points up

(Baring someone pulling a harvy dent)

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Special snowflake is so overused its become meaningless. Its derogation and debasement without any insight.

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Odd question, is there an existing terminology for the ways different things are related, ie, not related, causal, correlated, two things caused by the same source etc?

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Fergie wrote:
Fergurg wrote:


It is about whether or not it is acceptable to automatically assume that police killings are motivated by racism.

Given that young black men are 210% more likely to be shot dead by police then whites, I would say it would be criminally negligent not to question race as a motivating factor in police killings.

http://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white

I had a post saying that that wasn't that bad, that given how much more often black males are involved in criminal activity it was probably inevitable...

Then i realized you misplaced a decimal point.

21 times greater is 2,100%

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This one is a blast. Play it if you can.

Spoiler:
At the end, there's an encounter with some arachnids and you have to get out of the place as fast as possible. My wild empathy focused druid belly rubbed the arachnids onto our side (they're so cute when all the legs twitch!) , then the party put wayfinders and a sign on them that read "I am a shapeshifted pathfiner. Come with me if you want to live" on them and sent them to "Fetch" pathfinders

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Grand Magus wrote:

Here is the deal:

Flip a coin. If it comes up Heads you get $1, but if it comes up Tails you lose $1.
After 1000 flips, how many dollars will you have?

Depends on whether or not you can go into negatives.

If you can, you probably have close to zero dollars.

If you can't, you very very very likely have zero dollars.

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Electric Wizard wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Also that the odds for 5 heads in a row and then a tails are the same as 6 heads in a row.

Interestingly, there are an infinite number of situations where this is Not true, and there is one case where it is true.

Personally, I would bet on Heads again. (But I'm a Bayesian.)

Its true.

The odds of hhhhhh is 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 *1/2

The odds of hhhhht is 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 *1/2

The odds of any particular combo you call is 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 *1/2. All heads just stands out more to us because its the only way to get six heads, whereas 3 heads and three tails can be obtained any number of ways like h h h t t t , h t h t h t , h h t t t h

If you're going to say i'm wrong, you need to provide an explanation.

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high G wrote:

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Q: How *Thick* does a coin have to be, so the probability of landing on
the edge, head, or tails are all equal?

(assume your coin has radius of length R)

that would be a d3.

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Fergurg wrote:


This isn't about whether or police shootings motivated by racism is acceptable. It is about whether or not it is acceptable to automatically assume that police killings are motivated by racism.

It is an insult to the evidence you've been presented and the people you're talking to to simply dismiss the argument as an assumption without either addressing it or apparently understanding it.

It isn't as simple as black being the one and only factor. Its a matter of it being a contributing factor: far, far too much of a contributing factor.

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Take the case in New York with Eric Garner. Looked like a combination of incompetence and tempers flaring up due to the fact that the cop and the suspect had a history, and not a pleasant one. But unless somehow the black supervisor on the scene was somehow a race traitor, the death was not because he was black.

His level of incompetence and anger management issues is only acceptable when its taken out on black people. Oddly enough if your level of incompetence and anger rise to the level where you use an illegal chokehold on someone in a predominantly white area your incompetent keister will be fired if you're lucky and sent off to jail with the rest of the criminals if you're not. Oddly enough that practice has the effect of producing far fewer officers that are that angry/inompetent/whatever.

People are tired of putting up with these kinds of cops and a system that does nothing to prevent them from doing it again when its clear from other districts that different kinds of police are possible.

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I suppose this years drinking game will have to include "item is actually a wondrous item" rather than "item is not a wondrous item"

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What was the use value of gold before electricity?

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With my hands clasped around the throat of the person who killed me, sending them to hell first.

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Fergurg wrote:

I mean that even after a shooting is proven justified, there are still people calling it racist murder. (Doesn't matter the shooting - any shooting.)

How exactly is it proven justified?

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Fergie wrote:
Fergurg wrote:
You mean it's possible that a black man could be shot by a cop for a reason other than "Police just hate black people"?

.

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The police could think a black person is better able to resist or withstand force.
The police could think a black person is better at fighting or using a weapon.

If you're larger than the police officer in question those tend to come up a bit. Gods help you if you're both though...

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Fergug wrote:
it possible for a black person to be killed by a cop for a reason unrelated to racism

So you need to contrive/point out one really bizarre situation in order to refute an argument that no one is making...

When you're fighting a scarecrow and losing its time to reconsider your position.

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A pathfinder trying to remember which of his wayfinders has the clear spindle ioun stone

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Bori Ironshield wrote:
Has this been confirmed? Can a member of the Exchange select a prestige award from Qadira in the PFS Field Guide?

Yes

Guide page 18

Liberty’s Edge faction PCs qualify for Andoran faction
vanities and mission boons available in past seasons.
Likewise, Dark Archive faction PCs qualify for Cheliax
rewards, Scarab Sages as Osirion, The Exchange as
Qadira, and Sovereign Court as Taldor. Without a boon
that states otherwise, a PC cannot earn Sczarni vanities
or boons.

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Demoted

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I'm uglier and crazier.

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Its a SOLAR road way.

The sun does not shine on buffalo.

The last time that happened, people realized they were living in buffalo, and fled.

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is that gorilla for sale?

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Fergurg wrote:


He was a trespasser who refused to leave. That is a very good reason for the cops to be there.

And a good reason for the police to use a chokehold?

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Vod Canockers wrote:


If they really want to prove the concept, why not put one where it actually snows? That is one of the big claims. How about putting one in Buffalo?

Wouldn't that be like testing it at the bottom of the marinara trench in terms of the amount of sunlight it would receive? Its a new technology, not a miracle.

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Hard to say.

It might be roll 10d6 and i you get anything over a 50 you get something like this. Man made effects might be an extra 1d6.

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We usually make a vague plan the week before and finalize it for warhorn a few days before. Sometimes we'll make or change plans during the initial geek seduko as we sit down, depending on who showed up.

Really need to make a "we're running something we just don' know what"

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as long as you don't go over the "drop dead at this age" cap you're fine.

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After decades of dormancy, violent sports will make a comeback due to advances in medical technology making injuries like concussions and severed spines no more problematic than a broken arm is today.

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Can you make a dc 25 handle animal check to make any animal do any trick you want, or does the animal need to at least be indifferent to you

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